Radiography Work Placement case study – Cydney
Before I started my journey here at Scott College, I was planning on taking a completely different route to what I am now doing. At first, I wanted to go into the Navy as something to do with medicine, but when we had a masterclass with the radiographers from Derriford Hospital, it sparked my interest in Radiography.
I decided to look more into the career and as soon as the opportunity arose for me to go on a work placement, I couldn’t turn it down.
On my work placement within the department, I was able to shadow the Radiographers who were within the departments as it is a lot more than just x-rays. It involves CT and MRI scans alongside the ultrasound and theatre work. My work placement day was from 8:30am to 4:30pm, a full day’s work. But it varies depending on the placement that you would choose to pursue.
On one occasion, on my placement day, I had to have a chest x-ray so then I could start my own treatment. This allowed me to see and feel what it is like to be in the patient role and realise how welcoming the radiographers make you feel, even if you only see them for no more than 10 minutes in the clinical area.
The role does take on a lot of responsibilities, which if you are on the BTEC pathway or doing A level Health and Social Care, then you will learn more about the roles and responsibilities of different healthcare professions within one of your units of work.Apply